Serving Outside the Church Walls
Riviera UMC participates in many ministries as we seek to live out God's command to love others. We also believe that God especially calls us to love those in need: the poor, sick, imprisoned, and those who are alone. Below are some of the ministries that the people at Riviera participate in with a brief description and links to more information. Please contact the church office if you are interested in joining us and we will get you in contact with the leader of each of these missions.
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Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, the ways we have engaged our partners in serving God's Kingdom has changed. We look forward to engaging this new season of ministry with our partners listed here:
Family Promise - Riviera functions as a support congregation - raising donations, making meals, and volunteering at host churches - helping homeless and low income families achieve sustainable independence.
Cuba - Riviera supports a church in Cuba where we help pay the salary for a pastor and staff. We also pray for each other and have a team that visits Cuba once a year.
Ronald McDonald House - A team cooks and serves a meal to families who have a child in the hospital on the first Wednesday of every other month (even numbered months).
Doug Brown - A team cooks and serves a meal to the homeless on the first Wednesday of every other month (odd numbered months).
Pack-a-Sack - This ministry provides food over the weekend for children on free school lunch who might otherwise go hungry. Riviera's team packs 30 bags of groceries every week for students at Northshore Elementary.
Wesley Food Pantry - We have ongoing collections for canned food and other imperishables which are donated to Wesley UMC's food pantry. Some of our small groups also volunteer there helping with various needs at the food bank and thrift store.
Foster Family Ministry - Each Christmas season we collect gifts for foster children in Pinellas County. Foster orientation events are also available at Riviera UMC.
Al-Anon - Riviera has two groups that meet each week to offer to support to those whose family members are caught in addiction. Wednesday night at 7:30pm is a women's only group, and Friday night at 8:00pm is a mixed group.
Serving the church
Share your talent with our worship ministry! Sing, play an instrument or help to run the production each week. We have volunteer teams that rotate throughout the month.
Join us in sharing the love of God with our children each week. Opportunities to serve are during and after service on Sunday and helping with events throughout the year like Vacation Bible School, Dance, Music & more!
Meeting on Sunday nights in our Youth Room & Fellowship Hall, you can join in the fun of creating a fun and friendly space for our students in Middle & High School.
Join our Prayer team and receive updates and requests from members of our church and community who are requesting prayers.
Is there a gift you have that you'd like to share with the church and help to serve our community and beyond? Did we miss an area where you'd like more information on how to get involved? Click below and send us a message!